Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll
On September 28, 2007, at the Clinton Global Initiative, it was revealed that Shakira received a commitment of $40 million from the Spanish government to help the victims of natural disasters. An additional $5 million was to be donated to four Latin American countries, to be spent on education and health.
She carries out well-known philanthropic activities through charity work and benefit concerts, notably her Pies Descalzos Foundation, her performance at the “Clinton Global Initiative” created by former U.S. President Bill Clinton
Shakira has been honored at Oxford University for helping impoverished kids. The U.N. also honored her with a medal. The Barefoot Foundation, a non-profit she started and the Pies Descalzos Foundation, its Columbian counterpart, now run five schools in Columbia where she is from.
When the 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, Shakira took action. She promised to build a new school and to provide food, clean water and sanitation services. She even sang I’ll Stand by You at the Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. However, that’s not the only time she stepped in when a disaster struck.